Adults between the ages of 40-75 are needed for a research project examining metabolic health and physical activity. Participants will be asked to complete a brief screening questionnaire and a one-time survey and cognitive function assessment. To be considered for participation, adults must be: between 40 to 75 years old, be able to commute to the University of Illinois campus (Urbana, IL) for one visit, and be able to communicate in English. We are looking for people with and without type 2 diabetes.
Archive for March, 2012
Move more, move better, move forever. There’s a revolution going on in kids’ sport. Research shows there’s a right way and a right time to develop the fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills that benefit kids for their whole lives. Just as important, we’ve learned that by making the process fun for kids, they will stay active and have greater chances to become top-level athletes. Because kids who have fun being active are more likely to stay active for life. Learn more.
Discovery – Fit & Health | 16 Unusual Facts about the Human Body.
People will often say they know something “like the back of their hand” to indicate that they’re familiar with it top to bottom. But how much do you actually know about your own body? We’ve got 16 tidbits that may surprise you. Continue.
Weight loss and increased physical fitness nearly halved the decline in mobility in overweight or obese adults with type 2 diabetes, according to four-year results of the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) trial funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The results are published in the March 29, 2012, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. “The largest and longest-running study of its kind, this research confirms how important losing weight and increasing physical activity are in the treatment of mobility-related problems among people with type 2 diabetes as they age,” said lead author Jack Rejeski, Ph.D, Thurman D. Kitchin Professor of Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University. Continue.
Prevention | The 25 Best Cities for Walking.
Even though putting one foot in front of the other is the easiest form of exercise there is, it’s still hard to find the motivation to bypass the car and head out on foot in your everyday life. But with a couple of tools—including a visit to Walkscore.com, which grades cities and neighborhoods on the ease of finding entertainment or provisions on foot, and Prevention.com’s at-a-glance guide to the attractions that you’d never notice on a drive—you can get (ahem) one step closer to a more exciting pedestrian lifestyle. The closer a city on this list scores to 100, the better the walkability. Whether you’re in the market for a new ‘hood or planning a trip, you can take advantage of these 25 cities where pedestrians give wheels a run for their money. Read on to learn what makes these metro areas walker-friendly. Continue.
Basketball is the passion for a group of women in Faribault, but it might not exactly be the game you know. On a snowy Monday night, the community center in Faribault was a flurry of activity. It’s where the women worked on their game. Sixty-five-year-old Cheryl Sterling says their game is called granny basketball. The game looks a bit like the six-on-six basketball Iowa high school girls teams played until the early 1990s. The rules are unique. Continue.
fitsugar | Diet and Fitness During the ‘Mad Men’ Era.
The 1960s were an ever-changing time to be a woman — body image included. Until Twiggy hit the scene in the late ’60s, women with bodies like Mad Men’s Joan Holloway were prized for their ample bosoms and curvaceous frames. Matthew Weiner, Mad Men creator, even told the show’s actresses to stop working out so they would look more realistic to the era.
But the ’60s was not without its lose-weight-and-look-great diet fads: it was the time of fake sugar, a housewife that would become a weight-loss icon, and more. Read on to find out what Joan, Betty, and Peggy may have been doing to keep their hourglass shapes looking so good. View Slideshow.
e! Science News | Runner’s high motivated the evolution of exercise.
In the last century something unexpected happened: humans became sedentary. We traded in our active lifestyles for a more immobile existence. But these were not the conditions under which we evolved. David Raichlen from the University of Arizona, USA, explains that our hunter-gatherer predecessors were long-distance endurance athletes. ‘Aerobic activity has played a role in the evolution of lots of different systems in the human body, which may explain why aerobic exercise seems to be so good for us’, says Raichlen. However, he points out that testing the hypothesis that we evolved for high-endurance performance is problematic, because most other mammalian endurance athletes are quadrupedal. ‘So we got interested in the brain as a way to look at whether evolution generated exercise behaviours in humans through motivation pathways’, says Raichlen. Continue.